Psych Consult Lowers Antipsychotic Use in Kids
After launching the Partnership Access Line (PAL) program, led by Seattle Children's Hospital, use of antipsychotics among Medicaid-enrolled children in Washington state fell by more than half, according to Dr. Rebecca Barclay and colleagues in Health Services Research. "In states with fewer pediatric psychiatrists such as Washington, primary care physicians are asked to do more prescribing for mental health centers and may not properly utilize medications in certain cases," said Dr. Robert Hilt of Seattle Children's, a co-author of the paper. That's where the PAL program comes in.
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